Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey R. Liles as Vice President of Enrollment. In this Cabinet-level role, Mr. Liles is responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of a comprehensive enrollment management plan. Mr. Liles will oversee the direction and operational management of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Marketing & Communications. In addition, he will engage in collaborative efforts with academic affairs, student affairs, and athletics. He will assume his duties on January 4, 2021.
With 14 years of higher education experience at the executive level, Mr. Liles previously served as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services at Morehead State University in Kentucky. In that position, he co-chaired the strategic enrollment management task force, a collaborative effort resulting in the university experiencing record enrollment.
As Assistant Vice President of University Relations at Morehead State, he co-chaired the University Planning Committee and chaired the Minority Recruitment Committee, a campus-wide diversity initiative. Possessing extensive marketing expertise, Mr. Liles most recently served as a marketing adjunct professor at MSU where he was also honored as an Outstanding Faculty/Staff Fundraiser. Earlier in his career, he served in multiple marketing research management positions and currently owns his own marketing firm.
“It is an honor to join Lourdes University and to have the opportunity to serve its students. I can think of no better fit than to work on a campus that describes itself first and foremost as a community that values learning, reverence and service. I am excited to join the dedicated team at Lourdes and look forward to working with the entire Lourdes community to help the university achieve its mission,” says Mr. Liles.
Mr. Liles earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in finance from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Science in administrative management from the University of Cincinnati.
Active in the community, Mr. Liles helped launch one of the largest food pantries in the God’s Pantry network. He has also served in executive roles for healthcare, arts and religious organizations and received the 2018 Sterling Star award in recognition of community service efforts from the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and organizational leadership. The University also offers a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.
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